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Saturday comes: Sounders-Dynamo, 7 PT

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HOUSTON DYNAMO (1-1-2; 5 POINTS) AT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC (1-1-1; 4 POINTS)7 p.m., CenturyLink Field.TV: Channel 13. RADIO: 97.3 FMHEAD TO HEAD: Seattle leads 4-3-2 in the regular-season series. The Sounders lead 4-0-1 at CenturyLink Field with a 9-2 goal differential. The visiting team has never won a game in the series. The teams will meet again Oct. 18 in Houston.NOTES: Houston has allowed two goals this season – one an own goal. Dynamo goalkeeper Tyler Deric has won three consecutive MLS Goal of the Week awards. He takes a 177-minute shutout streak into this match. … Houston also has scored two goals and has put the fewest shots on goal of any MLS team. … The Sounders have two shutouts in their first three matches. … Four Sounders who missed last weekend’s match due to injury are listed as probable: forwards Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and Obafemi Martins (quadriceps), midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (groin) and central defender Chad Marshall (neck). Midfielder Marco Pappa also has returned from international duty and said he is ready to play. For Houston, DaMarcus Beasley (hamstring) and Ricardo Clark (chest) are probable. … Under new coach Owen Coyle, the Dynamo has used 4-4-2 and 4-5-1 formations this season. Seattle right back Tyrone Mears played under Coyle at Burnley in England. … Midfielder Brad Davis is Houston’s all-time goals and assists leader. This season, Giles Barnes and former Sounder Nathan Sturgis have Houston’s two goals. … This is the 200th match of Sounders history. … The referee is Ted Unkel.QUOTE: “They’re difficult to break down. They clog up the middle pretty well. At the same time, they’ve got players who can get you on the counter and can get goals. We have to be sure that we come out and put in a good performance, play our game, and make sure that we make this place a fortress that we’re always winning at home.” – Dempsey.

NEXT: The Sounders visit the Los Angeles Galaxy at 4 p.m. April 12.